On June 13, 2018, just one day after a federal judge ruled in favor of AT&T’s $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner, Comcast announced a $65 billion cash offer for the entertainment businesses of 21st Century Fox. A few days later, Disney outbid Comcast and struck a merger deal with Fox.
The rapid speed of disruptive innovation represents a significant risk in the technology, media and telecommunications industry. Many traditional telecom providers are at risk of being left behind or overtaken by new market entrants. In this article, Protiviti’s Gordon Tucker and Clint McPherson offer their insights on merger/acquisition conditions.